But I haven't stopped, and I don't plan on stopping, and I'm enjoying myself more than I ever thought I would. So I guess it's time to address a vital question: what's the point of BeastPedia? Does it have a real purpose? Is it just a vanity? Does the world need another crypid blog? After much soul-searching (okay, it was 20 minutes in the shower) I believe I've come up with some answers. And so without further ado, behold: my justification for why BeastPedia exists!
- My ego. I'm not gonna lie -- the fact that people read this blog has something to do with why I write it. About thirty of you log on every day -- twenty-eight, if you don't include my mom and girlfriend! Thinking about that makes me want to write; makes me want to put more information out there for people who are interested. It's flattering to have your voice heard, and it encourages you to keep speaking!
- My penance for crappy posts. The entries I wrote five years ago, when I first started this blog, were really not very good. I was a high-school freshman, so I think I can be forgiven -- but I don't like the idea of people using my poor-quality stuff as a source. I think this blog can be a valuable resource (more on that later), but only if I patch up my sloppy youthful writings.
- It helps me learn. A good bit of research goes into each article I write -- my posts only include a fraction of the stuff I read. So while I create posts for this blog, I'm teaching myself ever more about cryptozoology. Updating BeastPedia is a constructive way to study a subject I love.
- It strikes a middle ground. I find that a lot of cryptid resoures are either extremely shallow or extremely detailed. The former doesn't tell you much; the latter drowns you with information. My goal isn't to be an exhaustive resource -- it's to provide a solid foundation; to give you a good summary of each cryptid I describe. If you want to read more, I always give you the links! BeastPedia is a starting point from which your knowledge can expand.
- It's firmly rational. Cryptozoology is, or should be, a scientific discipline. I wince when I see cryptids on paranormal sites; these are possibly-real animals which should be studied as such. On BeastPedia, I try to give you a logical analysis of each beast. I give plausible explanations for outlandish monsters, and explain which are most likely. Everything I write is based in reason and probability -- and I try, at all times, to promote a zoological viewing of cryptids.
- It fills notable gaps. Entire books have been written about some cryptids -- but others are scarcely known. Just today I wrote about the Lau, about which all of our knowledge can be crammed into a paragraph. Even when there's little information, BeastPedia uses science to expand upon it -- providing context, scientific discussion, and a theoretical framework with which to analyze the beast. Obviously, I can't add much to discussions about Bigfoot -- but when it comes to the Lau or the Canvey Island Monster, maybe I can.
In essence, my mission statement is this: I want BeastPedia to be like the encyclopedias after which it's named. I don't want it to be exhaustive or in-depth, but I want it to be accurate. I want it to give you the basics -- clearly, simply and rationally. It may not be the last site you turn to -- but I want it to be the first.
That's definitely an overambitious goal -- especially for a blog celebrating its first month. And who knows, maybe I won't keep posting forever. Honestly, I'm a busy person -- I write all my articles on the weekends, posting them one by one during the school-week. Someday I may even lack the time for that. For now, though, I'm going to keep writing. I'm going to make BeastPedia the best blog I can, and I hope my faithful thirty viewers keep enjoying it. Thanks for reading!